The news about Verizon getting a tablet probably wasn't a surprise to most people. Considering the second largest wireless carrier in the United States is toting Apple's iPad, there's no shock that Verizon would want to jump on the competition train. Also not surprising: Android's involved. We know that Motorola's planning a 10-inch model of their own, but this new internal screenshot is a bit surprising to the rest of us.
AMOLED was billed as the double-punch to traditional LCD panels on smartphones: better image quality and lower power consumption, adding up to a handset that lasted longer and was nicer to use. According to Laptop's testing, however, the reality isn't quite so clear cut. They put eight Android smartphones - including the DROID X, Epic 4G and EVO 4G - through their paces running a custom battery testing app, and found that Motorola's LCD panels actually came to the top of the pile.
Windows Phone 7 must be close, because the leaks keep on coming. Another Samsung smartphone has poked its head into the wild, believed to be the Samsung Cetus i917 headed to AT&T's clammy clutches. Packing the usual WP7 hardware into a glossy black casing that's a little more discrete than HTC's two-tone Schubert/Mozart, we're guessing that means the previously spotted prototype was indeed just a model used for internal testing.
Sprint 4G smartphones may be thin on the ground, but that doesn't mean the Samsung Epic 4G gets a free pass into our favors; there's plenty of strong competition among the smartphone ecosystem, even if you're limiting your choices to devices running the Android OS. Some - like the Nexus One - get Android updates sooner, while others - like the DROID X - have bigger screens and higher-resolution cameras. Hardware keyboards may be more rare, but the Epic 4G isn't alone in that segment either. Still, with a Super AMOLED display, high-speed connectivity and all Samsung's multimedia bells & whistles, the Epic 4G certainly stands a good chance of being Sprint's best smartphone. Check out the full SlashGear review after the cut.
Sure enough, August 11th turned out to be something worthwhile. Thanks to Samsung, we can now safely say that we know when the Epic 4G, Sprint's second 4G-equipped device, will be hitting the airwaves this year. The Epic 4G is the most distinct variation of the Samsung Galaxy S devices launching here in the States: featuring a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display, a 1GHz Hummingbird processor under the hood, a full physical QWERTY keyboard on a landscape slider, and Samsung's proprietary TouchWiz 3.0 User Interface overlaying Android 2.1, the Epic 4G also sits high on the hill thanks to its ability to connect to Sprint's 4G WiMAX network.
HTC's confirmation yesterday that going forward they would be using both AMOLED and Super LCD (SLCD) displays for their smartphones so as to ease supply pressures has led to no small amount of confusion. Over at HowardForums they've managed to get a hold of an upcoming TELUS HTC Desire using the SLCD panel, and compare it to an AMOLED Nexus One, a Motorola Milestone with a regular LCD, and a Samsung Wave with a Super AMOLED display.
It's not just the DROID X bringing some big-screen Android action to store shelves today. T-Mobile USA has pushed the Samsung Vibrant - their version of the Samsung Galaxy S - out the door, with the 4-inch Super AMOLED smartphone priced at $199.99 after various online and mail-in rebates and presuming a new, two-year agreement.
AT&T's Captivate is the first of Samsung's Galaxy S series smartphones to reach the US, and our review unit has just dropped onto the test bench. Packing a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor and 16GB of onboard storage, AT&T's latest Android device marks a reasonably significant style departure from the original European Galaxy S, though you still get Android 2.1 and TouchWiz 3.0. Check out the unboxing and our first impressions of the AT&T Samsung Captivate after the cut.
AT&T has confirmed launch dates for the Samsung Captivate, their version of the Super AMOLED Galaxy S smartphone. The Captivate will arrive on AT&T on July 18th, priced at $199.99 with a new, two-year agreement (including a voice plan and $15 data package add-on).
That gets you a 4-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 1GHz Samsung Hummingbird processor, UMTS/HSPA, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, along with Android 2.1 and the company's own TouchWiz 3.0 UI enhancements. The Captivate also gets a 5-megapixel autofocus camera capable of 720p HD video recording (though, like the European Galaxy S, lacking an LED flash), 16GB of onboard storage and a microSD card slot.
It's a slow news day, so lets dabble our feet in the murky rumor waters for a while and take a look at what we're told is the Samsung Galaxy S2 i9200. The tipped successor to the Galaxy S, and supposedly due in early 2011, according to the talk circulating Russian forum itrans the Galaxy S2 is said to have a whopping 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 Super AMOLED display with around 340 pixels per inch, certainly intruding into Apple's Retina Display realm.
Meanwhile there's also supposedly a 2GHz CPU paired with 1GB of RAM and a 4GB ROM, together with 32GB of flash storage and a microSD card slot. The camera is said to be 8-megapixels capable of not just 720p but 1080p Full HD video recording, and the OS to be Android "Gingerbread" which we've heard is expected to drop in Q4 this year. Connectivity includes WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 3.0, while there's also A-GPS, an accelerometer, gyroscope, proximity and ambient light sensors.